Wax those handlebars: the massive Edwardian Ball returns. Plus: DJ Toph One benefits, Laurent Garnier, the Queen is Dead, more parties
One day, I will write an entire book about French techno polymath Laurent Garnier's seminal 1993 "Acid Eiffel," a monumental track whose throbbing chords (not quite nabbed from Mr. Fingers), squiggling acid jabs, and cheeky whale-song bass figures pretty much audibly nailed where my rave-fatigue head was at back then. He hasn't been here in a decade: this time he arrives as part of the trio LBS (Live Booth Sessions) with Garnier DJing and knob-twisting, Benjamin Rippert on keyboards and Scan X on "machines." They'll be tearing through a whole host of electronic styles at this installment of the whip-smart As You Like It roaming party (co-produced with Public Works), throwing some brilliant corners on Garnier's signature ecstatic style. With M3, Rich Korach, Briski, and P-Play.
Thu/19, 9 p.m.-3 a.m., $15–$25. Public Works, 161 Erie, SF. www.publicsf.com
THE QUEEN IS DEAD
Honey, is she ever! There has actually been quite an uptick in Smiths tribute nights (maybe making up for Morrissey's string of Bay Area concert cancellations?). And this monthly one, celebrating a year on Saturday, is the Frankly Mr. Shanklyest of them, with a wide range of melancholy jangle-pop tunes and DJ Mario Muse on decks. Unhappy birthday!
Sat/21, 9 p.m., $5. Milk, 1840 Haight, SF. www.milksf.com
The classic Detroit techno Burden Brothers whose seminal "I Believe" and "Black Water" will always get me on the dance floor hollering and waving my arms around like the homosexual muppet I am have been touring successfully. Catch them on the swell Club Six sound system.
Fri/20, 9 p.m.-4 a.m., $15. www.clubsix1.com
Kooky-rad monthly queer and friends party Dial Up dials up a special Friday night with Berlin 's Souki, whose deep-but-friendly techno prowess is making recent waves. She'll be performing a live PA, sure to get funky.
Fri/20, 9 p.m.-3:30 a.m., free before 10 p.m., $6 after. Public Works, 161 Erie, SF. www.publicsf.com
DUBSTEP PRODUCER BATTLE FINALE
Some great beats have come out of the rounds leading up to this grand wobble finale — nice to see so much local talent holding forth (and stretching the often narrow dubstep definition.) Come jiggle and support finalists Fivel, Taso, and Kontrol Freqs at the new Fuel Lounge (formerly Etiquette).
Fri/20, 9 p.m., $5 before 10 p.m., $10 after. Fuel, 1108 Market, SF. www.fuelsf.com